Monkey Wrench Gang

ISBN-10: 0062357263

ISBN-13: 9780062357267

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Authors: Edward Abbey
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Description: The construction of the colossal Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River spurs an oddball quartet of eco-activists to join forces in a noble cause. A Vietnam veteran who loves booze, guns and the great outdoors; a billboard-burning doctor; a feminist revolutionary; and a polygamist riverboat guide -- the Monkey Wrench Gang go up against the vultures of big business to sabotage the strip mines, power plants and concrete dams that are destroying vast tracts of the wilderness, through peaceful means...or otherwise.Scandalizing the establishment and read by others as a call to arms when it appeared in 1975, The Monkey Wrench Gang is a wildly funny and provocatively satirical book that ignited the flames of environmental activism.

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Book details

List price: $10.00
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/16/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Edward Abbey was born January 29, 1927 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Home. After military service in Naples, Italy, from 1945-47, he enrolled in Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a year before traveling to the West. He fell in love with the desert Southwest and eventually attended the University of New Mexico, where he obtained both graduate and post-graduate degrees. Abbey was a Fulbright Fellow from 1951-52. Abbey was an anarchist and a radical environmentalist; these positions are reflected in his writings. His novel Fire on the Mountain won the Western Heritage Award for Best Novel in 1963. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, considered by many to be his best work, is nonfiction that reflects Abbey's love for the American Southwest and draws on his experiences as a park ranger. Among his best-known works are The Brave Cowboy (1956), The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), and The Fool's Progress (1988). In 1966 The Brave Cowboy was made into a movie titled Lonely Are the Brave, starring Kirk Douglas. Two collections of essays have been published since his death in 1989: Confessions of a Barbarian in 1994 and The Serpents of Paradise the following year. In 1987, Abbey was offered the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, but he declined. Abbey died in March 1989, near Tucson, Arizona, from complications following surgery. He did not want a traditional burial but rather requested to be buried in the Arizona desert, where he could nourish the earth which had been the subject of so many of his works.

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